Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.

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New Law May Have A Surprise In Store

By Dave Pinwell 20th October 2017 Tech News 82
New Law May Have A Surprise In Store

New Law May Have A Surprise In Store Despite Brexit and all that, new European law on data protection law hits the UK next May and it closes several loopholes that have had an impact on us as consumers. It does, however, place far greater demands upon those who hold information about us. Some organisations…

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Smart Crossings for Pedestrians Need To All Behave The Same

By Dave Pinwell 13th October 2017 Tech News 131
Smart Crossings for Pedestrians Need To All Behave The Same

Smart Crossings for Pedestrians Need To All Behave The Same Zebra crossings were surely one of the least likely things to feature in this column. Yet, here we are with ‘smart pedestrian crossings.’ Back in 2014, at a notorious black spot in Badajoz, Western Spain, LEDs were deployed to automatically light a crossing at night…

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Phones To Track Phones Yields Wealth Of Data

By Dave Pinwell 6th October 2017 Tech News 159
Phones To Track Phones Yields Wealth Of Data

Phones To Track Phones Yields Wealth Of Data Transport for London (TFL) provides wifi at almost all underground stations and has just published a very interesting report. This reviewed its pilot project to collect and analyse connections made to 1,070 wifi access points at 54 stations. From the MAC addresses which identify each phone uniquely,…

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Assess The Options For Home Security

By Dave Pinwell 29th September 2017 Tech News 170
Assess The Options For Home Security

Assess The Options For Home Security As cold weather and darker nights loom nearer and there are fewer eyes and ears about in the neighbourhood, it may be time to review home security. The good news is that the marketplace is buoyant with an increasingly wide range of hi-tech monitoring solutions driving prices down. The…

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Latest iPhone Is Not A Gr8 Step Up On The Old Model

By Dave Pinwell 27th September 2017 Apple, Tech News 151
Latest iPhone Is Not A Gr8 Step Up On The Old Model

Latest iPhone Is Not A Gr8 Step Up On The Old Model By the time you read this, the queues at Apple’s doors to snap an iPhone 8 will be imminent or maybe even already dispersed. There is a feeling in the market, though, that they may be shorter than usual. This is partly because…

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‘Do Not Disturb’ Mode Could Cause Problems

By Dave Pinwell 27th September 2017 Apple, Tech News 179
‘Do Not Disturb’ Mode Could Cause Problems

‘Do Not Disturb’ Mode Could Cause Problems Apple’s latest iPhone operating system upgrade, IOS11, is expected to be expected to be released next week. With it comes the much heralded ‘Do Not Disturb Whilst Driving’ mode, intended to block incoming calls, texts, and other notifications when the user is driving. This has triggered a letter…

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Drone Will Double As Flying Billboard

By Dave Pinwell 27th September 2017 Tech News 269
Drone Will Double As Flying Billboard

Drone Will Double As Flying Billboard Given the success of aeroplanes trailing advertising banners, it was perhaps inevitable that someone would invent a drone that could double as a flying billboard. The Japanese telecoms giant NTT Docomo has done just that by encapsulating a traditional quadcopter drone inside a spherical frame. This external structure includes…

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Experts Are Strictly OLED Fans

By Dave Pinwell 27th September 2017 Tech News 143
Experts Are Strictly OLED Fans

Experts Are Strictly OLED Fans Planning to invest in a big new telly in time for the darker evenings and the Strictly and Bake Off seasons? If so, you may need to know the difference between QLED and OLED! One small stroke on the first letter separates them on paper, but technologically the gulf is…

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Heads-UP On HUD: It’s Not Top Gun!

By Dave Pinwell 27th September 2017 Tech News 168
Heads-UP On HUD: It’s Not Top Gun!

Heads-UP On HUD: It’s Not Top Gun! The head-up display, or HUD, is finally becoming available to the motorist. However, it is unlikely to give a driver that feeling of emulating a Top Gun aviator. It was the classic movie that brought HUD technology to life for many, the projection of navigational and combat data…

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Boffins Manage To Fool Driverless Car Software

By Dave Pinwell 15th August 2017 Tech News 300
Boffins Manage To Fool Driverless Car Software

Boffins Manage To Fool Driverless Car Software Scientists at four of the USA’s most respected Universities, led by the University of Washington, published a paper last week that has sobering implications for the future of driverless cars. Whilst players in the motor industry race for market dominance in the future goldmine of autonomous vehicles, these…

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